The Berlin Turnpike connects the Connecticut towns of Meriden and Wethersfield. This 11-mile stretch of road was officially named in 1909, but it reached its heyday in the 1940s. During this time, restaurants, bowling alleys, roadhouses, drive-in theatres and motels lined the turnpike. Although much of the glamour of the past has faded, travelers can still find a few motels and inns on the Berlin Turnpike.
Americas Best Value Inn
Americas Best Value Inn (americasbestvalueinn.com) caters to budget travelers by providing limited amenities for a low nightly rate. Location is an asset as the hotel is only five miles from downtown Hartford and eight miles from the Mark Twain House. Although the hotel does not serve breakfast, eleven restaurants sit within five miles. Each guest room has one king, one queen or two double beds, ironing supplies and free wireless Internet access; select rooms add a microwave and refrigerator.
Berlin's Days Inn's (daysinn.com) guests begin each day with a complimentary breakfast and newspaper; the on-site restaurant is open for the remaining meals. After exercising in the fitness center, you can relax by the outdoor pool. The business center offers free wireless Internet access, print and fax services. Guest rooms have one king, one or two queen beds and a refrigerator; you can have a microwave upon request. You can bring your pets for an additional nightly fee.
Comfort Motel (no website; 354 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin; 860-828-1295) offers limited amenities to keep the nightly rate low. Complimentary coffee is served in the lobby until noon, and the restaurant next to the motel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wireless Internet access is available in the lobby after you enter the password obtained from front-desk staff. Guest rooms feature one king or two double beds, a microwave and refrigerator. Pets weighing less than 40 lbs. are accepted for an additional nightly fee.
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